To Praise, Reverence, and Serve.

While I have been embroiled in a crisis of faith for the past 6 years, there's no denying the fact that 12 years of Catholic school will stick with me until my dying day. Ironically, the guys who got me starting questioning my own faith were the Jesuits, who taught me in high school. They have a long history of being sort-of renegades among the different orders of the Church, and have long been associated with scholarship and with the keeping of knowledge.

And they have a strong tradition of service. Two phrases that stuck with me from high school are "To be a man for others" and "To praise, reverence, and serve," with the emphasis on the "serve" part.

And in my seemingly unending quest to finish my training and embark on my career in medicine, I have always had it in my heart that I would prefer to take care of the poor and the underserved.

Interestingly, as I continue to train, I've found some rather practical reasons why I much prefer taking care of this population rather than the rich and privileged. There is the obvious reason that the poor and the underserved tend to be sicker and are more in need of medical care. A lot of the illnesses that we treat have deep roots in socioeconomic injustice, and while the ultimate cure would be to fix the system, in the meantime, we have to do what we can. And, frankly, the rich and the privileged tend to be big time ********. I did two months at a private hospital in a very affluent community, and I've never met so many ungrateful, demanding people in my life. The sense of entitlement is enough to make me gag sometimes. If they treat health care workers like crap, I can't imagine how they treat other, "lowlier" people in their lives.

Seriously, though, there were certainly days where I simply lost my temper and thought to myself, "Rich people can all die of tuberculosis for all I care."
victorious victorious
26-30, M
1 Response Jun 15, 2007

I can't imagine why people think that money entitles them to be rude. But then, there are some who think that because they are "victims of society" that entitles them to be rude as well. The world would be a much more pleasant place if people decided to always be polite.